How hot days, and an overworked refrigerator can lead to better nutrition.

14 Jul

The last week has been HOT here in Boston. My girlfriend Liz and I don’t have AC in our apartment. Generally, the fans do a great job of keeping the place livable. With consecutive days reaching the mid 90’s, it wasn’t us that started struggling, but rather, our refrigerator.

So what does this have to do with nutrition?

In light of the recent fridge situation, Liz set down a new fridge rule:

“No opening the fridge unless you know exactly what you’re taking out.”

Upon hearing this I was instantly sent into one of those moments. You know, where time stops, the sky opens up, and as you stare into the blinding heavenly light a larger than normal hand descends upon you and gently pats your head.

It was so incredibly simple. A rule that was developed to keep cold air inside the fridge, was also one of the simplest ways to promote a ton of positive nutritional behaviours. To include:

  • Better portion control
  • Limit snacking, mindless eating, emotional eating
  • Promote meal planning
  • Promote eating “meals” rather than just an assortment of available foods
Start applying this right away, and don’t limit it to the fridge. Don’t open the cabinet, the jar of peanut butter, etc. unless you know exactly what you’re taking out. Better nutrition starts with making better choices. There are a lot of helpful rules for making better food quality choices such as: “stick to the perimeter of the supermarket,” “if your grandmother wouldn’t have eaten it, either should you,” and so on.
After changing their food choices, many people still struggle with total caloric intake. I find more times than not these people also struggle to keep from snacking / mindless eating. The snacking issue is directly related to not treating meals as meals. Or to say, cooking, sitting down, and planning, are all rarities in their nutritional approach.
“No opening the fridge unless you know exactly what you’re taking out”
Keep this quote in mind. Print it out if you have to, and sick it in the kitchen. If you’re someone who feels you have made an overhaul in the types of food you are eating, but you’re still not seeing results, then controlling how much you consume is the next step.
Actively think about why you are about to open the fridge, pantry, freezer, phone book. Do you know exactly what you plan on taking out? If not, figure it out before making the move. You might find that you aren’t even hungry. You will definitely find that you are making better choices.
Have a great day!

2 Responses to “How hot days, and an overworked refrigerator can lead to better nutrition.”

  1. Tyanne August 9, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    What a joy to find such clear thinking. Thanks for poistng!

  2. Meadow August 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Alright arlihgt alright that’s exactly what I needed!

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